top20Whether you’re remodeling your home or on the hunt for the ideal nest, solar power is on the real estate radar these days. Installing a solar energy system can give your home that extra edge while saving you in monthly utility bills and curbing your carbon footprint.

OK, it’s true, “how much are solar panels?” That can be a useful question. But, really, this question is largely of minimal importance today. Either through loans or 3rd-party-ownership models that let you lease a solar power system instead of buying one, most residents and businesses with a decent roof or ground space for solar panels should have an opportunity to go solar without buying the entire solar panel systems up front.

The real questions — the real ways in which going solar affects your finances — is in how much it saves you and how soon or when it starts to save you money.

These savings are tremendous. Even the national average (again, in 2011, when solar panels were much more expensive) is above $30,000! How much are solar panels… going to save me? That’s the question to ask.

Contact us to find out more about saving with solar!

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WHAT IS SOLAR?

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What is a solar home?

A solar home uses free energy from the sun for heat and light and power.

Passive solar homes are designed to make use of the sun’s free heat and light, allowing, for example, the sun to shine deeply into the house during cold months to be absorbed by the mass of floor or walls and then radiated out slowly at night.

Solar electric homes actively use photovoltaic technology to convert sunlight to electrical power.  Solar home power gives freedom from dependence on rising utility prices.  It can power a house far away from utility power or can be tied into the utility in a give and take relationship.

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What are the advantages of a solar system?

Why consume energy when you can generate energy? With a solar system, you can:

  • Reduce operation costs and save on electricity with a solar system for your business Save money now on your electric bill
  • Save money electric bill now with a solar system for your home Increase your home’s value
  • Increase your home value with a solar system for your home Lock-in energy costs for years to come
  • Lock-in energy costs for years with a solar system for your home Decrease your carbon footprint

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How does solar work?

Solar panels are photovoltaic (PV) cells. In a nutshell, these special batteries harness sunlight, transform it into energy, then send that energy to an inverter, which converts it into electricity to power the home.Installing solar panels isn’t as simple as slapping cells on a rooftop. You’ll need to install additional wiring, and panel placement is key to building an efficient system. So this is one that’s best left for the pros.

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How much maintenance does a solar system need?

With no moving parts and at least a 25-year expected life-span, solar panels require very little maintenance. In fact, their design ensures that they remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months.

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I don’t plan on being in my home for 25 years. Why would I add solar?

People move more frequently now than ever before, but that shouldn’t impact your solar decision. A solar system can save you money today and even pay for itself in as little as five to seven years. Even if you move before your solar investment is completely paid off, studies show the cost will likely be returned in added value to your home. Plus, your home will most likely sell faster. Who doesn’t want a home with a guaranteed low electric bill? Our warranty is even transferable one time to a new owner.

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